Don’t Let Pallets Weigh Your Business Down

better reverse logistics and fuel efficiency with lightweight smartpallets
  • Global Keg

While researching the most cost-effective way to improve your supply chain efficiency, don't overlook the vital role that pallet weight plays. Plastic pallets are 33% lighter than woodblock pallets. Our SmartPallets™, for example, only weigh 49 pounds. Wood pallets that can carry a comparable load to our lightweight plastic pallets of a 5,000-pound dynamic load typically weigh over 75 pounds. What does that mean for your business? Investing in the right pallets improves your supply chain efficiency, boosts your bottom line, and helps you save on operating costs. Let’s take a closer look at why pallet weight matters, and discover how the wrong pallets can inflate transportation costs, and hinder your warehouse’s efficiency.

Fuel & Transportation Costs

When it comes to transportation costs, you know that the heavier the load, the more costly the load. Our plastic SmartPallets™ are at least 25 pounds lighter than the woodblock pallets that support a similar load capacity. Lighter weight plastic pallets allow you to save more on transportation costs. The lighter weight SmartPallets™ mean that your shipments will cost less thanks to their positive contribution to improved fuel economy. Lighter pallets also result in an eco-friendly ripple effect among manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, and exporters alike.

Wood pallets already have a reputation for needing frequent repairs by their 2nd or 3rd journey. A new board here, a loose plank or dangerously bent nail there—wood pallets are crudely pieced back together with each repair making the platforms less uniform than they are already when they’re brand new. These malformities make wood pallets less reliable in transit because of the shifts caused by their asymmetry and instability. Durable plastic pallets, on the other hand, are all uniform in size coming out of the mold and make the journey for your products shipments smoother. Even when the going gets bumpy, SmartPallets™ protect your products from damage, because after all, you’re not in the business of refunding your retailers.

Warehouse Safety & Efficiency


The health and well-being of your business is dependent upon the health and well-being of your employees. According to the Harvard Business Review, the safer the working environment is for your employees, the better they’ll perform and more committed they’ll be to helping take care of your business. Working in a warehouse is one of the most dangerous professions in the U.S. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, 5% of all warehouse employees sustained injuries that resulted in missed time, job restrictions, or transfer requirements.

Another thing most readers probably don’t know is that wood pallets are one of the most common ways warehouse workers break OSHA protocol. When it comes to moving pallets within the warehouse, OSHA requires two people to lift anything that weighs over 50 pounds. Since SmartPallets™ only weigh 49 pounds individuals within the warehouse are authorized to move the international orange platforms safely and easily. Employees no longer have to worry about getting stuck with a stray nail, or unlodging wood shards from the track of automated machinery. The consistency in the weight of plastic SmartPallets™ eliminates the costly delay on all fronts, especially when it comes to the safety risks of splinters becoming lodged in automated machinery.

SmartPallets™ are consistently lightweight, whereas the weight of wood pallets varies from platform to platform. The weight of woodblock pallets can range from 65–85 pounds which can contribute to more overuse injuries because of the repetitive movements.

smart and safe plastic pallets and broken blue wooden pallets
Lightweight SmartPallets vs. Heavy Blue Pallets


SmartPallets™ are also a superior way to achieve peak supply chain efficiency within your warehouse. The Frankensteined wooden pallets make it so that no two boards on the deck of the pallet are the same, and since this fluctuation in weight can’t be accounted for, the crude wood pallets put undue stress on warehouse equipment causing production shutdowns. Unlike wooden pallets, SmartPallets™ are designed with robotics and automation in mind, most notably Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS). The uniformity, durability, and fastener-free construction of lightweight HDPE (high-density polyethylene) plastic makes our pallets perfectly compatible with Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs) too.

Confidently upgrade your supply chain efficiency in the warehouse and on the trucks by investing in the superior lightweight SmartPallets™ with GPS-tracking technology.

Transition To SmartPallets™

If you’re interested in the ways that SmartPallets™can deliver more value to your business, our team of experts can help answer any questions about making the transition to a smarter pallet supply.

Want to increase sales, save on your capital costs, and grow your brand internationally risk-free? Contact us today to discover how you can improve your supply-chain efficiency with Global Keg’s SmartPallet™ rentals.

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